The London Bus Theatre Company

Drugs awareness

The London Bus Theatre Company provides drama workshops on drugs awareness, with a focus on cigarette smoking. This is because we believe being offered cigarettes is the first opportunity children are given to find the wherewithal to be assertive in relation to potential problems with drugs. Every year around 100,000 smokers die as a result of their habit. The two factors are not unrelated. In any event, approximately 450 children start smoking every day in Britain and almost no-one starts smoking as an adult. The majority of people who take up smoking do so in adolescence.

As the incidence of cigarette smoking amongst teenage girls is approaching epidemic proportions, schools welcome the chance for students to find the means to resist social trends simply by learning to be assertive

The workshops enable this to happen by means of first taking the children through revelatory games, and then allowing them to re-enact the subject matter in an immediate and interactive theatrical format. Forum theatre, where the students provide all the action, is both exciting and devastatingly instructive. The workshop considers: tobacco and health issues, peer pressure and advertising.

The anti-smoking DVD and lesson plan compliment PSHE requirements.

The drugs workshop is one hour in length, suitable for Key Stages 2 and Year 7 and can accommodate up to 60 children at a time.

Cost £120 per workshop for Year 7, £100 per workshop for Key Stage 2 plus travel if applicable

“Drug Awareness – Lessons for Primary Schools”. This book suggests a minimum of three lessons per year group which will meet government guidelines on drug education and compliment the SEALS Strategy.

Cost £20.00 per copy.

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